Crooks and Liars has an excellent roundup that exposes the conservative right wing racism at work behind the attacks on SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Here's some snippets, and they also have a video (follow the link) highlighting statements made in the last few days by GOP figureheads Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, etc...
Republicans seem to have picked a meme for fighting the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court: She's a racist!
It's on all the wingnut tongues. We had Tom Tancredo spewing this line on The Ed Show yesterday -- yeah, the same Tom Tancredo who once sang "Dixie" with the members of a white supremacist organization, and whose entire presidential candidacy was built on bashing Latinos.
You could kinda see where this was going then.
Sure enough, the rest of the Right's leading Racial Sensitivity icons -- Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and Pat Buchanan -- all were singing the same chorus: "She's a raaaaaacist!"
Limbaugh: The infamous Donovan McNabb incident is only the tip of his lengthy race-baiting record.
Coulter: The woman whose new book soft-pedals the existence and activities of white supremacists.
Buchanan: The man whose recent books have been rehashings of old white-supremacist eugenics from the early 20th century, fretting about white privilege being overturned by an evil brown tide.
These are the GOP figureheads who have reached their elevated status as a result of the support of the GOP base.
These statements ARE the GOP platform, and the Republicans in Congress FOLLOW the lead of the these figureheads since they speak for and are empowered by the Republican base.
UPDATE: The GOP racists have a long row to hoe if they intend to stop Sotomayor:
Initial public reaction to the nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the U.S. Supreme Court runs more positive than negative, according to the Gallup Poll's first measure of President Obama's nominee.
Nearly half of all Americans surveyed this week rated the nomination as "excellent'' or "good'' - 47% - and another 20% rated the choice as "fair.'' Only 13% of those surveyed judged the nomination as "poor.''
The survey was conducted Tuesday, the day the president announced his choice of Sotomayor, a member of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace retiring Justice David Souter.
The interesting thing is that there is no way that Sotomayor will not be confirmed, and all the GOP is going to accomplish with the attack on Sotomayor is a further decline in their ranks.
But the moderates and level-headed thinkers that still remain are powerless to stop the racists and bigots who have taken over the GOP. Coulter, Limbaugh et.al are selling more books and racking in millions by keeping the GOP base riled up and lathered. These figureheads own the Republican party, and efforts by folks like Colin Powell to pry the party away from these racist assholes has so far been futile.
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